Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
Torana
Dhamma Toraṇa, Egbert, Ontario, Canada
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Torana (Auspicious Gateway of Dhamma) is aptly named. The nearest major city, Toronto has been recognized by the United Nations as the most diverse city in the world, with more cultures and religions represented there than anywhere else. The centre has over 140 acres of beautiful woods, open spaces and ravines. A variety of wildlife shares the land with the meditators. The surrounding countryside is mostly agricultural, but a number of small towns and the city of Barrie are nearby.
How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course
  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course. Old students will be given the option to serve.
  2. Please carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course.
  3. Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. An application is required to register for all courses.
  4. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  5. If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
Additional information
Ontario Vipassana Centre -- Dhamma Torana
6486 Simcoe County Road 56
Egbert, Ontario, L0L 1N0, Canada
Email: [email protected]
Phone: [1](705) 434-9850
Fax: [1](866) 691-5214 (Toll-Free in North America)

We regret that courses are cancelled until further notice.

We are monitoring Public Health Ontario’s guidance and when appropriate, courses and service periods will be open for applications 4 weeks prior to the start date.

Courses open for applications at 5:00 am.

A student may apply to sit only one 10-day course. Any additional applications will NOT be processed. 

Courses may be cancelled or curtailed on short notice.

​Before applying, please ensure you meet the following criteria:

  • You are under 75 years of age. 
  • You have a sure way to leave the Centre if you become sick during the course. If you do not arrive by private car, then you will need to provide us with the name of a family member or friend who is willing to come on a moment’s notice to take you home.
  • You do not have any comorbidities or health-compromised conditions that put you at greater risk.
  • You agree to wearing a face covering while at the Centre. Face coverings are mandatory while meditating in the meditation hall, if you have a hard time breathing through a face covering please consult with your healthcare practitioner or reconsider submitting an application at this time. 
    • You are permitted to not wear a face covering anytime you are outdoors, in your private room, meditation cell, or eating/drinking. 
  • You agree to adhere to the safety protocols while at the Centre (hand washing, physical distancing, hand sanitizing where hand washing is unavailable). 
  • You accept a menu with less variety, without special diet accommodation. 
  • In the 14 days leading up to the course, you agree to cancel your application if:
    • You have tested positive for covid-19.
    • You have been asked to quarantine. 
    • You have experienced symptoms related to covid-19.
    • You have been out of Ontario.

For all virtual sittings and programs, please visit the old student page for details: https://torana.dhamma.org/os/virtual-group-sittings/

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses

Dhamma Torana offers one day Teen courses age from 13-17 and Children courses from 8-12.

No courses are currently scheduled.
 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

See Comments for any special instructions for each course in this section.

All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day, continue for ten full days and end on the early morning of the last day.

If you have any serious food allergies, or due to medical issues, need a 5 pm meal or some other special consideration, please be sure to include this information in your application. If we receive this information after your application has been processed this may affect your status on the course and we may not be able to serve you properly.

Please apply for no more than one ten-day courses at a time.

During the registration process, you will be receiving a number of e-mails from us. If you don't receive these emails, please check your Spam/Junk Mail box.

2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
20 Jan - 31 Jan 10-Day CANCELLED Egbert
31 Jan - 03 Feb SBC CANCELLED Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
03 Feb - 14 Feb 10-Day CANCELLED Egbert
14 Feb - 17 Feb SBC CANCELLED Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
17 Feb - 28 Feb 10-Day CANCELLED Egbert
28 Feb - 03 Mar SBC CANCELLED Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
03 Mar - 14 Mar 10-Day CANCELLED Egbert
14 Mar - 17 Mar SBC CANCELLED Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
17 Mar - 21 Mar 3-Day CANCELLED Egbert For old students
21 Mar - 24 Mar SBC CANCELLED Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
24 Mar - 04 Apr 10-Day CANCELLED Egbert
04 Apr 1-Day Applications accepted starting 04 Mar Egbert For old students
04 Apr - 07 Apr SBC Applications accepted starting 04 Mar Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
07 Apr - 18 Apr 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Mar Egbert
18 Apr - 21 Apr SBC Applications accepted starting 18 Mar Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
21 Apr - 30 Apr Satipattana Sutta Applications accepted starting 21 Mar Egbert For old students
05 May - 09 May 3-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Apr Egbert For old students
09 May - 13 May Work Period Applications accepted starting 09 Apr Egbert For old students
Task will range from Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects. Part time welcome.
14 May - 04 Jun 20-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Mar Egbert For old students
09 Jun - 20 Jun 10-Day Bilingual

Applications accepted starting 10 Apr Egbert Assistant Teachers are fluent in English and Vietnamese
20 Jun - 23 Jun SBC Applications accepted starting 21 Apr Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
23 Jun - 04 Jul 10-Day Applications accepted starting 24 Apr Egbert
04 Jul - 07 Jul SBC Applications accepted starting 05 May Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
07 Jul - 18 Jul 10-Day Bilingual Applications accepted starting 08 May Egbert Assistant Teachers are fluent in English and Hindi
18 Jul 1-Day Applications accepted starting 19 May Egbert For old students
18 Jul - 21 Jul SBC Applications accepted starting 19 May Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
21 Jul - 01 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 22 May Egbert
01 Aug - 04 Aug SBC Applications accepted starting 02 Jun Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
04 Aug - 15 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 05 Jun Egbert
15 Aug - 18 Aug SBC Applications accepted starting 16 Jun Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
18 Aug - 29 Aug 10-Day Applications accepted starting 19 Jun Egbert
29 Aug - 01 Sep SBC Applications accepted starting 30 Jun Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
01 Sep - 10 Sep Satipatthana Sutta Applications accepted starting 03 Jul Egbert For old students
12 Sep - 14 Sep SBC Applications accepted starting 14 Jul Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
14 Sep - 25 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Jul Egbert
25 Sep - 29 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 27 Jul Egbert For old students
Tasks will range from Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects. Part time welcome.
30 Sep - 31 Oct 30-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Aug Egbert For old students
08 Nov - 10 Nov SBC Applications accepted starting 09 Sep Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
10 Nov - 21 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 Sep Egbert
21 Nov - 24 Nov SBC Applications accepted starting 22 Sep Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
24 Nov - 05 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 25 Sep Egbert
05 Dec - 08 Dec SBC Applications accepted starting 06 Oct Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
08 Dec - 19 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 09 Oct Egbert
19 Dec - 22 Dec SBC Applications accepted starting 20 Oct Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
22 December, 2021 - 02 January, 2022 10-Day Applications accepted starting 23 Oct Egbert
 
Non-Centre Courses
All old students must register online to attend one day courses in GTA
No courses are currently scheduled.
 
 

The online application form encrypts your information before it is sent from your computer to our application server. However, it may not be totally secure even though encryption is used. If you are concerned about the possibility of security risks of your confidential information while it is on the Internet, do not use this form and instead download an application. Print and complete it. Then please send the form to the course organizers. By faxing or posting your application form it may delay the registration process by one to two weeks.


To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://torana.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: [email protected]

All courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who serve the courses volunteer their time. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialisation.

Old students are those who have completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers. Old students have the opportunity to provide Dhamma Service at the courses listed.

Bilingual courses are courses which are taught in two languages. All students will hear daily meditation instructions in both languages. The evening discourses will be heard separately.

Meditation courses are held at both center and non-center locations. Meditation centers are dedicated facilities where courses are held regularly throughout the year. Before meditation centers were established in this tradition, all courses were held at temporary sites, such as campgrounds, religious retreat centers, churches and the like. Today, in regions where centers have not yet been established by local students of Vipassana who live in the area, 10 Day meditation courses are held at non-center course sites.


10-day Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. The courses begin after a 2 - 4 pm registration period and orientation, followed by 10 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 11th day by 7:30 am.

20-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses , one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

Satipatthana Sutta Courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. The difference is that in the taped evening discourses the Satipatthana Sutta is carefully examined. This is the principal text in which the technique of Vipassana is systematically explained. These courses are open to serious old students who have sat (not including courses served) at least three 10-day courses, have not been practising any other meditation techniques since last 10-day course, have been practising this technique of Vipassana for at least one year, and who are trying to maintain their meditation practice and the five precepts in their daily lives, at the very minimum from the time of applying to the course.

Work Periods have been set aside to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. On selected evenings, there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

Old Student Short Courses (1-3 days) are for any student who has completed the 10-day course with S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers. All old students are welcome to apply to attend these courses, including those where it has been some time since their last course.